Dr. Mike Murray served multiple terms on the NATAS-Mid-America’s Board of Governors over the years, and is a member of its honorary society, Silver Circle. In 2016 he was elected the chapter’s first “Governor Emeritus.”
Dr. Mike is University of Missouri’s Board of Curators Distinguished Professor in Media Studies on the St. Louis campus. He graduated from St. Louis University and has a Ph.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia.
As an undergraduate student, he worked for CBS News and also completed assignments for NBC-TV stations. Mike also served in the U.S. Army Reserves in broadcast news, completing service as a captain in the Signal Corps. He joined UMSL as advisor to the University Chancellor, and prior to that, served as program director at the University of Louisville. He also taught at Virginia Tech and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) where he was a visiting professor and interim director of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.
Mike has published many books including “Television in America” with a chapter about the start of St. Louis television and “Indelible Images: Women in Local Television” with a chapter on St. Louis Channel Five’s legendary broadcaster, Charlotte Peters. He served as editor of the “Encyclopedia of TV News” and received a Goldsmith Research Award from Harvard University for his book “The Political Performers.” He has been honored as recipient of the Frank Stanton Fellowship from the International Radio and Television Society, Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Contributions from American Journalism Historian’s Association, and Missouri’s Governor Award for Teaching Excellence from Mel Carnahan. He completed service as review editor of the “Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media” and received the Distinguished Service to Education Award (DESA) from the Broadcast Education Association.